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Forum topic by rhybeka posted 11-18-2014 05:02 PM 1805 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-18-2014 05:02 PM

Hi all!

So I got the book “Basic Box Making” out from the library and found a good use at Christmas for the very first box project in the book. My SO loves hickory as a wood but in my limited experience, I haven’t had any chance to use anything other than oak or pine. Would hickory be ok to work with in a small project like this? I’m also thinking about walnut and spalted maple since I only need it in small pieces :D


-- Beka/Becky - aspiring jill of all trades, still learning to not read the directions.

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#1 posted 11-18-2014 06:32 PM

Hickory is a hard wood and you are at risk for tear out if you route it or otherwise shape it with a blade. Other than that its perfectly wonderful. Just take small bites when shaping.

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#2 posted 11-18-2014 10:21 PM

It is harder than Woodpecker lips. I have, however, made two blanket chests with it and did not have much trouble with tear out. I changed blades/bits as soon as they appeared to be getting dull.

-- Jerry

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#3 posted 11-19-2014 12:50 PM

Thanks guys! looks like the four sides are 3×2.5in at 3/8 in thick so it’s not a TON of hickory – but it looks like it would be really pretty!

-- Beka/Becky - aspiring jill of all trades, still learning to not read the directions.

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#4 posted 11-19-2014 02:15 PM

I’ve worked with it a little. It is hard and almost brittle when working it. Its a tough wood. It does tear out easily use sharp tools and small bites.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#5 posted 11-20-2014 02:50 AM

Hi Becky, hickory is a very colorful and hard wood,if you take your time and watch the grain you will do fine. I used hickory for all my interior trim, casing,baseboards,cabinets and all my interior doors. I had cut the trees from my lot and brought them to a mill to make into boards that I air dried for 18 months. I will post some pics of them on my projects page, good luck John

-- John J.

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#6 posted 11-20-2014 03:12 AM

My favorite wood and I use it a lot, As others have said keep your tools sharp.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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